Some challenges

Bryan Fanning

in Integration and Social Cohesion in the Republic of Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084782
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702215 | DOI:
Some challenges

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Much of the information and research on which this book was built slightly predates the economic crisis of 2009. Immigration in the Irish case was driven by economic growth and, like other post-boom challenges being reckoned with in hard times, the integration of immigrants cannot be deferred without imposing considerable future social costs upon Irish society. The first major integration challenge is to move from begrudging to proactive integration through citizenship. Inclusive naturalisation, a policy of turning ‘strangers into citizens’, would create further knock-on incentives for political integration. The second major integration challenge is to recognise that integration is best addressed through social policy rather than by means of security policy. What is crucially needed is the cognitive shift that recognises the relationship between social inclusion for citizens and integration of immigrants. The third major integration challenge is to invest in the capabilities of immigrants no less than in those of Irish citizens. A fourth major integration challenge relates to the inclusion of immigrants in decision making in the various domains within which integration occurs.

Keywords: Ireland; immigration; economic crisis; immigrants; social inclusion; integration; citizenship; naturalisation; social policy; capabilities

Chapter.  4316 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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